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Student Handbook


Cesar Chavez Middle School

202 Oleander Dr.

Oceanside, CA 92057

Telephone Number: 966-4900

Attendance Office: 966-4901/966-4902


Student/Parent Handbook

2017 - 2018









This handbook belongs to:




Student Name




Welcome to Cesar Chavez Middle School!

Cesar Chavez Middle School’s Mission Statement:


Our mission at Cesar Chavez Middle School is to provide a safe, positive learning environment, which promotes respect, integrity, and excellence.





Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!  I am honored to be a part of the work at Chavez in my role as principal. We continue to implement new ideas as our students continue to thrive and grow as learners and individuals.  The 8 Keys of Excellence continue to be the guidepost of excellence and character for our students.  As we begin a new school year, we are reminded that this is a time for new opportunities.  This year will offer opportunities to learn new ideas, strengthen academic skills, and try new activities.  Perhaps you will achieve higher grades, reach that goal you’ve been working on, or make the change you’ve been saying you’re going to make.  Whichever it is, only you can make it happen! 


“Excellence is never an accident.  It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the choice of many alternatives.” -Aristotle


You must put in the hard work and time, study consistently, stay focused, ask questions, seek help, and make wise choices.  This time in your life is an important part of your path to high school graduation and beyond to higher education and training.  It is a time to think about who and what you want to become, and to focus on doing those things that will get you there.  Middle school is also a time to learn balance and priorities.  Developing positive relationships with friends who support your best interests is important, but academics must always be your first priority.


Strong community-school relationships are also essential to high academic achievement.  To keep up with ongoing events and important dates during the school year, please check our school website at http://www. We also welcome parents/guardians to visit the campus to see what Chavez is all about.  We have a Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA), which meets on the third Wednesday of every month.  All parents are welcome to attend.  If you are interested in helping out in classrooms or with specific events at the school, please contact us at 966-4900.  The more that community and parents are involved in their children’s school, the greater our students’ success will be! 

High expectations and accountability continue to be top priorities for our staff and students.  We expect our students to excel in the classroom and develop into individuals who contribute positively to our community.  Communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity are important 21st century skills that will help our students to be successful in career and life.   The year ahead will be filled with experiences that utilize and build these skills.  As with everything, growth and success have one fundamental factor at their core- EFFORT.  It is through a commitment to put your best effort forward every day that success can be achieved.   This is it- make the most of each and every opportunity this school year!

Go Cougars!



Jenny Morgan







Cesar Chavez Middle School’s Mission Statement:


Our mission at Cesar Chavez Middle School is to provide a safe, positive learning environment, which promotes respect, integrity, and excellence.



Cesar Chavez Middle School Beliefs:


WE BELIEVE that Cesar Chavez Middle School will provide the opportunity for students to learn in an environment that will foster respect, responsibility, and readiness between staff and students.


WE BELIEVE Cesar Chavez Middle School will help students develop skills that will aid in the total development of the character of our students; fostering citizenship and fairness.


WE BELIEVE the staff of Cesar Chavez Middle School is committed to the education of the students and will do whatever it takes to assess and promote the success of all students.


WE BELIEVE the students and staff of Cesar Chavez Middle School will exhibit the ideals of the 8 Keys of Excellence: This is It, Ownership, Speak with Good Purpose, Commitment, Failure Leads to Success, Integrity, Flexibility, and Balance


WE BELIEVE the success of Cesar Chavez Middle School rests with the collaboration and support between staff, parents, students and community when implementing the shared mission and vision of Cesar Chavez Middle School.


Defining Discipline:

            Discipline is a process that uses teaching, modeling and other appropriate strategies to maintain the behaviors necessary to provide a safe, orderly and productive learning environment by changing unacceptable behavior to acceptable behavior.




What is a School-wide Discipline Plan?

A School-wide Discipline plan is an organized, data-driven system of interventions, strategies and supports that positively impact school-wide and individualized behavior planning.

                         What are the benefits of a School-wide Discipline Plan?

A systematic approach to discipline enhances learning outcomes for all students.  By reinforcing desired behavioral outcomes, students will clearly understand expectations.  Students are explicitly taught what the desired behavior should be.  This attention to expectations leads to a more positive classroom experience, a stronger learning community and an increase in student learning.




School Hours:  Tuesday through Friday 7:30 A.M. – 2:15 P.M. 

       Mondays (early release) 7:30 A.M. - 1:15  P.M.

Office Hours:  7:00 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.

Breakfast 6:50 A.M. each day



Students are not to arrive on campus before 6:30 A.M. and must leave by 2:00 P.M.

unless they are under adult supervision.










Table of Contents


General School Information (pages 5 – 6)

            School Staff


            Bell Schedule





Information for Students (page 7)



            ID Cards

            Associated Student Body (ASB)

Information for Parents (page 7-8)


Messages for Students

Grade Reporting

Health Services


Physical Education Classes

Formal Complaint Procedures


Table of Contents


General School Information 

            School Staff


            Bell Schedule





Information for Students 



            ID Cards

            Associated Student Body (ASB)

Information for Parents 


Messages for Students

Grade Reporting

Health Services


Physical Education Classes

Formal Complaint Procedures

Rules and Regulations 

Behavioral expectations

Non-Par Status

General Campus Rules and Consequences Skateboards and Bikes


Digital Citizenship

Non-School Items

Zero Tolerance

Dress Code




Field Trips

Eighth Grade Event

Perfect Attendance Awards





School Calendar 


Drop Off/Pick Up Plan 



Administrative Staff

Jenny Morgan             Principal

Saul Watson                 Assistant Principal

Maria Casey                 TOSA



Support Staff

Gayle Hamilton           Counselor (Last names beginning A-K)

Paulina Tamayo           Counselor (Last names beginning L-Z)

Melissa Bonet              School Nurse

Cindi Donaldson          Health Clerk

Cindy Skadron                         Psychologist

Dawn Wilkes               Speech

Melissa Seibert             Library Technician

Mike Cruz                    Systems Support Technician


Office Staff

Marianne Quindoy-Senteno     Admin Secretary

Amanda Wilburn                     School Secretary

Jessica Salazar                         Senior Clerk Typist

Veronica Duenas                      Attendance Clerk

Maritza Martinez                       Community Advisor


Security Staff

Officer Goldtooth                    School Resource Officer

Becky Carlas                               Campus Supervisor

Tom Baker                                   Campus Supervisor

Mike Zamora                               Campus Supervisor


Custodial Staff

Dave Lashinsky                       Lead Day Custodian

Eric Knapp                              Lead Night Custodian

Salvador Lopez                               Custodian

Julieta Gonzalez                             Custodian


Cafeteria Staff

Meron Zafu                             Cafeteria Supervisor




General School Day Information


Arriving/Leaving School

School begins at 7:30 a.m.  Students should not be dropped off earlier than 6:50 a.m.  If you live across the bridge on College, your student should be dropped off and picked up before and after school in the Mance Buchannon Park turnaround. Security will be present at the entrance gate by the P.E. department. If your student lives on the Presidents’ streets, your student should cross College and walk through the park to the entrance at the gate by the P.E. department. If your student lives in Shadow Way, Shadow Oaks, Sunriver, or River Ranch, they should be dropped off and picked up before and after school in the parking lot designated for student drop off and pick up at the front of the school. Oceanside Police Department has requested that parents do not drop their students off on Frazee to ensure student safety. Drop off/Pick up procedures will be detailed on the last page of the handbook.


Chavez Middle School is a closed campus. Students are to remain on campus at all times unless checked out by a parent or guardian. Students must be checked out through student services. No child will be released to anyone other than his/her parent or guardian, except under the following condition: parent/guardian has made prior contact with the school directly requesting release to another person.  You must submit this person’s name for our files. If, in the opinion of the school, there are any discrepancies in the information regarding release to another person, your child/children will remain in the care of the school until questions are resolved. Please keep information on your child’s emergency card current.


Parents must check in at the office and get a visitor’s badge prior to going to a classroom.


School is dismissed at 2:15 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, and 1:15 on Monday. Students may not be checked out of school after 1:00pm on Mondays, and after 2:00 pm Tuesday - Thursday. Students on campus after hours must be involved in teacher-directed or extracurricular activities. Parents will be notified before a student is held after hours for school-related activities or detention.

Minimum Days

Each middle school has one minimum day per week as assigned by the school district.  Every Monday will be a minimum day at Chavez.  Students will be dismissed from school at 1:15 p.m.


Tuesday-Friday Bell schedule:

Breakfast        6:50 - 7:26

Period 1           7:30-8:18

Period 2           8:21 – 9:09

Break              9:09-9:21

Period 3           9:24 – 10:12

Period 4           10:15 – 11:07

Lunch              11:07 – 11:42

Period 5           11:45 – 12:33  

Period 6           12:36 – 1:24

Period 7           1:27 – 2:15


Monday Bell schedule:

Breakfast        6:50 - 7:26

Period 1           7:30 - 8:10

Period 2           8:13 – 8:53

Break              8:53-9:01

Period 3           9:04 – 9:44

Period 4           9:47 – 10:31

Lunch              10:31 – 11:06

Period 5           11:09 – 11:49

Period 6           11:52 – 12:32

Period 7           12:35 – 1:15



If a student is absent, his or her parent must call the attendance office.  The 24-hour numbers are 966-4901 and 966-4902. All absences are to be cleared through phone contact or note. For every day your child is absent, the attendance office must be notified.  Students are to check in at the attendance office on the day of their return. Excused absences are for illness, medical/dental appointment, or for attending the funeral of a family member. Any other reason, even when accompanied by a note from parents, is unexcused. (Ed Code Section 48260) Absences must be cleared within 5 school days after the student returns (5113 (a) ).



Any student arriving at school after the 7:30 a.m. bell or to class after the period bell must obtain an admit slip from the attendance office. Tardiness is excused for illness, medical/dental appointments, or funeral of a family member.  Any other reason, even when accompanied by a note from a parent or guardian, is unexcused. Three or more tardies in a week will result in an after school detention which will be served after school on Fridays.

***Ten or more absences or tardies (even if excused) may result in a referral to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB). 

Ed Code sections 48200- 48324



The school cafeteria offers a wide range of items.  Prices are as follows:

         Breakfast         Lunch

Full pay           $3.00               $3.00

Milk - $ .35                  Bottled Water - $ .50

Juice- $ .50

Prices vary for snack items. 


A student ID will be required to buy lunch.



Students should never leave purses, books, or other personal property unattended or unlocked (in the locker room).  Bring only as much money as needed for that particular day. The school is not responsible for the replacement of personal or school property that is stolen.  If a theft does occur, the student should immediately report to student services and complete an incident report.



The library includes computer workstations, encyclopedias, reference books, young adult and an extensive collection of fiction and nonfiction. I.D. cards are required to check out library books and to use a computer. A technology agreement signed by a parent gives students permission to use the internet


Students may check out books for two weeks and must return them on or before the due date.  If loss or damage occurs while a student is in possession of a book, the student is responsible for the cost to replace or repair the item(s)


For classes in which textbooks are required, the library will loan students a textbook.  If a student loses or damages a book, the library will issue a charge slip.  The book should be paid for at that time and a receipt will be issued.  In the event the book is found later, a refund will be issued. Failure to pay fines may affect participation in school activities, including 8th grade promotion.



School Information for Students

Binders and Supplies

Every student is expected to carry a large 2” ringed binder daily. The binder’s cover (front and back) should be free of drawings, pictures, or writing. The binder must contain a student planner, pens, pencils, dividers, and lined paper. Students are expected to have a planner in which to keep a record of assignments and homework.  Students will also be required to purchase a PE uniform and a lock.

Individual teachers may require additional supplies.


Homework assignments are a reinforcement of concepts presented in class.  Chavez students are assigned homework regularly. Teachers’ syllabi will provide homework policies specific to their courses.  It is expected that it be completed and turned in when due.  As a general rule, students can expect approximately twenty minutes of homework per academic class each night and possibly on the weekend.  Students can access homework through Aeries.


For every one day of excused absence, the student has one additional day to make up homework. Students who do not turn in homework may be assigned after school Homework Opportunity on the same day, which runs from 2:15-3:15.


I.D. Cards

Students are issued a photo I.D. card that must be carried at all times while on campus. If a card is lost, students must complete a request for replacement through the Student Store.  The cost to replace an I.D. card is $5.00. This ID is used for library books, PE loaners, lunch and more.

Associated Student Body Organization (ASB)

Chavez Middle School has a student government also called the leadership team or ASB. They are responsible for dances, assemblies, lunchtime activities and fundraisers. Students who purchase an ASB sticker receive discounts on school merchandise, and reduced admission to school dances.


School Information for Parents


Parents or guardians are welcome. Visitors must sign in at the front office and present picture identification prior to going to any area on the school campus. Anyone under the age of 18, may not visit during school hours. 

To enable staff at Chavez to appropriately meet parent/guardian needs and minimize the interruption of instructional programs, OUSD board policy states visits during school hours should be first arranged with the teacher, principal, or designee. Please contact the school to schedule any visitations or appointments.


Visitors should also note that, like all schools in the Oceanside Unified School District, Chavez is a smoke and vape-free campus.  Dogs and other animals are also not permitted on school grounds at anytime. 

Items/Messages for Students

All items delivered to school during class time must be brought to student services. Students will be notified when an item has been delivered.  Balloons or flowers for students are not allowed due to the disruption they may cause.  These items will remain in student services until the end of the day.  Contacting the office to deliver messages should only be done in the event of an emergency. We cannot guarantee that messages called in after 2:00 will reach the student before school is dismissed.

Grade Reporting

Academic progress reports are distributed at 6-week intervals.  Official semester grades are provided at the end of each semester, December and June. Grades are cumulative and earned for academic achievement, effort, and citizenship in each subject area. All progress reports and report cards are mailed home.

Report Card Letter Grades are:                       

A         Excellent or Superior  

B          Above Average           

C          Average          

D         Below Average

F          Failure


Effort & Citizenship Grades are:

O         Outstanding

G         Good

S          Satisfactory

N         Needs Improvement

U         Unsatisfactory


Teachers may provide feedback concerning student progress in the comment section of the report card.


Health Services

If a student has a serious injury or is too ill to remain at school, a parent or emergency contact person will be notified by the health office. Students who feel ill should report to the health office and the health office will make a phone call home, if appropriate.


Orthopedic Protocol: All ace wraps, braces, splints, casts, and crutches must have a note from the medical provider.  Students with casts and crutches will not be allowed to actively participate in playground/PE activities because of the potential danger to students and others.


In order for a student to receive medications at school, a Medication at School form must be signed by both the physician and parent. This includes over-the-counter medications. Medications brought to school without this written permission will be held in the health office until a parent is contacted and additional information obtained. 


It is very important that the office has a current home and work number in case of an emergency.


Parents registering 7th grade students must provide definitive proof of immunization against whooping cough: state mandated Tdap. This must be given after age 7.  Students new to the district must have documentation of immunizations.



All students participating in extra-curricular sports or activities must have insurance coverage. The district does not provide accident or medical insurance for school-related injuries; however it makes available a variety of affordable insurance plans. Families are invited to purchase this insurance if students are not already covered.  

Physical Education Class

All physical education programs include co-educational activities. All students are required to participate in physical education by state law and will be dressed appropriately. If a student needs to be excused from physical education activity, a written note from a doctor must accompany any request for more than three days. Please see the P.E. handbook for make-up procedures.

Formal Complaint Procedures

The school district has a uniform procedure for filing a complaint alleging unlawful discrimination or failure to comply with state or federal laws governing educational programs.  Copies of this procedure are provided at the time of registration and are available in the school office (OUSD Board Policy 1312.3).


Rules and Regulations

Behavioral Expectations and Discipline Program

In order for students to be successful at our school, they must feel physically and emotionally safe and ready to learn.  The discipline plan for Chavez Middle School is intended to create an environment in which every student can be successful and in which all students are treated equitably. The program is based on education code, the body of law that focuses on schools, and on the policies of the Oceanside Unified School District’s Board of Education.

Classroom Management: All members of our staff are committed to implementing the Schoolwide Discipline.  The techniques used by educators for addressing when a student fails to abide by classroom expectations are unique to each teacher. Although it is impossible to anticipate all possible situations, general plans will be in place for dealing with any behaviors that detract from the learning environment and will be used consistently. This will be the first line of defense in dealing with inappropriate behaviors that are considered to be minor. Note: students who persistently disrupt learning with minor offenses may require administrator involvement.

Routines and procedures are implemented to address behavior in a proactive manner. At times this is not enough or not effective. When all attempts to deal with a behavior using the staff member’s classroom management plan have been ineffective and the behavior is still of a minor nature, staff members may choose to implement a Safe Seat. A Safe Seat is a time-out of sorts that allows the students to reflect on and respond to the inappropriate behavior.


Inappropriate Behavior:  Students are subject to disciplinary action for inappropriate acts that are related to school activities or attendance which occur at any time, including (but not limited to):

  • While on school grounds
  • While going to or from school
  • During the lunch period
  • During, or while going to or coming from, a school-sponsored activity
  • While truant from school

Appropriate Behavior

Students who choose to act appropriately will benefit from a variety of positive rewards at Chavez Middle School. In addition to the satisfaction of personal achievement, the school provides tangible rewards and recognition programs. These rewards may be school-wide activities or actions specific to a classroom or individual and may include:

  • Verbal or written praise, including home contacts
  • Academic achievement awards and awards for perfect attendance
  • 8 Keys of Excellence Incentive
  • Special assemblies or field trips
The Classroom Teacher’s Commitment Staff Member’s Commitment Administrator’s Commitment

Teacher’s will:

  • Enforce the School-wide Discipline Plan
  • Communicate high behavioral expectations to students and parents
  • Commit to follow through to the success of student behavior
  • Foster a school climate characterized by a concern for students as individuals
  • Take an interest in the personal goals, achievements and needs of their students
  • Support the students in their academic and extracurricular activities

Staff members will:

  • Enforce the School-wide Discipline Plan
  • Communicate high behavioral expectations to students
  • Commit to follow through to the success of student behavior
  • Take an interest in personal goals, achievements and needs of students
  • Support the students in their academic and extracurricular activities.



Administrators will:

  • Support the teachers in this discipline system
  • Model high behavioral expectations
  • Maintain a school climate in which everyone wants to achieve self-discipline
  • Foster a school climate where the administration is sincerely concerned for the staff and students as individuals
  • Take an interest in personal goals of teachers, staff and students
















Cesar Chavez Middle School Community’s Commitment


  • Be specific:  Tell the student exactly what they did (good or bad!)
  • Be timely:  Don’t wait to praise or correct
  • Be sincere:  Insincere praise is usually worse than none at all
  • Be consistent:  With everything, everywhere
  • Communicate:  Keep open lines of communication open between home and school













In order to create an environment conducive to learning we must remember that discipline procedures are not the answer to problematic behavior – it is the positive relationships we build as a learning community between students, families and staff. Punitive measures have limited on student behavior and are more likely to increase instances of inappropriate behavior. The Cesar Chavez Middle School staff strives to create a positive environment by making connections with our students and families. Children learn best in the context of positive relationships and a safe, comfortable atmosphere. Our staff will explain appropriate behavior and procedures throughout the year. They detail why it is important and encourage all students to be respectful, ready, and responsible. By teaching students the necessary social skills for future success we set our students on a course to be lifelong learners and successful citizens. It is our job to ensure that students learn the skills needed to survive and thrive in society. This means developing students that excel in reading, math, writing, and being good citizens.



Parent and Student Commitment to School Success


          The success of a schoolwide system lies in the relationship built between parents, staff and students of the school community.  This relationship begins with communication.  Parents will be informed about current school issues, successes and concerns through schoolwide newsletters, classroom teachers’ updates, the school website, parent meetings and parent handbooks.  The hope is by keeping parents well-informed the plan will be more successful.

            On an individual basis student behavioral issues are addressed with parents through the parent/teacher emails, notes home, phone calls home and parent conferences. This communication helps to foster the success of the schoolwide plan.

            Chavez Middle School’s schoolwide discipline plan is built on a commitment to each child’s success with clear school rules and consistency.  The system allows for each teacher’s style and discipline plan in the classroom without compromising schoolwide policies, expectations, and consistency. 

Parent’s Commitment


Student’s Commitment


Parents will:

  • Reinforce the School-wide Discipline Plan
  • Communicate high behavioral expectations to their child
  • Commit to follow through to the success of their child’s behavior
  • Take an interest in personal goals, achievements and needs of their child
  • Support the students in their academic and extracurricular activities.


Students will:

  • Follow the School-wide Discipline Plan
  • Maintain high behavioral expectations
  • Accept responsibility for your behavior
  • Set personal goals and work hard to achieve them





















Chavez Middle School Behavior Matrix






  1. Acknowledge greetings
  2. Use quiet voices/no disrespectful language
  3. Follow adult directions
  4. Keep hands and feet to yourself
  1. Enter and stay in your designated  area
  2. Follow area rules
  3. When inside, remove your hat, gloves, earbuds,  and put any electronic devices in your bag
  1. Be on time and use it wisely
  2. Be ready to go to your destination


  1. Follow adult directions
  2. Use good manners
  3. Wait your turn in line
  4. Use quiet voices
  5. Keep hands/feet to yourself
  1. Walk with your food
  2. Keep your table area clean
  3. Stay at your table
  4. Know your  id number
  5. Throw your trash away
  1. Find seat and sit down quietly
  2. Keep all food and drink in the lunch area
  3. Eat as soon as you come to school



  1. Follow adult directions
  2. Use good manners
  3. Wait your turn in line
  4. Use quiet voices
  5. Keep hands/feet to yourself
  1. Walk with  your food
  2. Stand in a single file line
  3. Keep your table and floor area clean
  4. Know id number
  5. Remain  seated while eating
  6. Throw your trash away
  1. Find seat and sit down quietly
  2. Keep all food and drink in the lunch area


PE Area

  1. Follow adult directions
  2. Use appropriate words and actions
  3. Leave properly disposed of food and drink in the lunch area
  1. Leave PE area when/as directed
  2. Use PE/fit lab equipment appropriately
  3. Follow rules of good sportsmanship
  1. Enter and exit quietly
  2. Stay in the PE  until you are dismissed
  3. Leave the PE area promptly

Locker Areas

  1. Keep hands/feet/objects to self
  2. Wait your turn
  3. Use quiet voices
  4. Access only your locker
  1. Use own locker
  2. Secure locker after each use
  3. Keep locker and locker area clean
  4. Keep electronic devices in your locked locker
  1. Know your combination
  2. Dress out promptly and report to the blacktop area

Computer Lab

  1. Follow adult directions
  2. Leave setting changes to adults
  3. Use quiet voices/no disrespectful language
  4. Keep hands and feet to yourself
  1. Appropriate use of the Internet
  2. Use the printer responsibly
  3. Keep food and drink out of lab
  4. Leave the computer as you found it
  5. Use headsets with care
  1. Have a purpose and stick to it (know your role)
  2. Have all needed materials
  3. Have signed internet agreement form
  4. Find a computer and wait for instruction

Library Media Center

  1. Walking only!
  2. Respond quickly & politely to adult requests
  3. Make requests of adults politely
  4. Use a quiet voice
  5. Wait quietly in line to check out
  6. Treat books with care
  7. Push chairs in and pick up after yourself
  1. Show your pass at the circulation desk when you arrive
  2. Have materials you are returning with you
  3. Have your pass   filled out with your purpose, time and teacher signature
  1. Show your pass at the circulation desk when you arrive
  2. Have materials you are returning with you
  3. Have your pass filled out with your purpose, time and teacher signature













Hallways/ Stairways

  1. Use quiet voices
  2. Walk on the right
  3. Keep hands and feet to yourself
  4. Answer adult questions appropriately
  5. Greet others  politely
  6. Refrain from throwing items or spitting from the balcony
  1. Move towards your destination
  2. Keep area clean
  3. Walk without distracting others or classrooms
  4. Only go where you are assigned to go
  1. Enter, exit , and wait appropriately for each class
  2. Have planner and assigned

/necessary materials with you

Office Area

  1. Use quiet voice and wait your turn
  2. Follow adult directions and be courteous
  3. Enter/remain in the office without disturbing others
  4. Respect the privacy of others
  1. Bring signed pass to enter and sign in
  2. Report to the office only when necessary
  3. Report  to/remain in designated areas
  1. Conduct office business before school, after school, or during lunch


  1. Flush
  2. Use restroom supplies appropriately
  3. Use trash receptacles
  4. Be mindful of other people’s privacy
  5. Use quiet/polite voices
  6. Keep surfaces clean and do not deface school property
  1. Notify staff of problems
  2. Use facilities as intended
  3. Wash hands with soap and turn off water
  4. Throw trash away
  5. Go directly to and from restroom
  1. Use nearest facility
  2. Go directly to and from the restroom
  3. Use during break time or lunch
  4. Have a pass with you



  1. Follow adult directions
  2. Keep hands/feet to yourself
  3. Use quiet voices
  1. Stay with your designated class
  2. Leave materials in classroom
  3. Do not use electronic equipment
  1. Know your procedure and destination


  1. Follow adult directions
  2. Keep hands/feet to yourself
  3. Inside voice or no voice at all
  4. Use appropriate applause and refrain from whistling when finished
  1. Show appropriate, quiet attention
  2. Stay with your designated class
  3. Wait to leave until dismissed
  4. Keep  electronic devices out of sight
  1. Leave materials in the classroom if directed by a teacher
  2. Stay quiet while waiting


  1. Use quiet voices and appropriate words/actions.
  2. Listen to the driver at all times and follow directions.
  3. Enter and exit quickly and quietly.
  1. Keep the bus clean
  2. Face forward in your assigned seat.
  3. Take all belongings with you.
  1. Be on time or early.
  2. Be seated before the bus leaves and stay seated until you reach your destination.




Non-Participation (Non-par) Status

A non-par student participates in NO extra curricular or special activities for the remainder of the grading period (every 6 weeks). This includes ASB activities, all school sports, performing groups, school dances, assemblies, schoolwide events, and trips. A student may become non-par for the following violations per grading period:

  • Three or more office referrals
  • Three or more days of in school suspension
  • Three or more days of ATS (Alternative to Suspension)
  • Three or more days of suspension from school 
  • Three or more dress code violations
  • Nine or more tardies
  • A combination of three of any of the above
  • A “U” in citizenship in current grading period
  • A GPA below a 2.0

Note:  A disciplinary incident may make a student non-par for the remainder of a grading period based upon the nature of the incident and at the discretion of administration.


Participation in grade level events is based upon the criteria outlined by the grade level team.


Students considered non-par may not participate for the duration of that grading period. Students may participate again at the end of the next grading period when their grades and citizenship marks return to satisfactory. (OUSD Board Policy 6145)


General Campus Rules

These rules apply to all students and are based upon the Student Responsibilities and are in effect when traveling to, from, and while on campus.

  • Students will not disrupt the learning of others
  • Students must have their photo I.D. with them at all times
  • Cell phones and all personal electronic devices may be carried by the student but must be turned OFF (not silent) and kept out of sight during classroom and passing time
  • Cell phones may not be used to video tape or take pictures while on campus.
  • Students are to stay out of parking areas and off limits areas
  • Students should use proper conduct and language at all times
  • No tagging, stickers, or photos on backpacks or notebooks
  • Students are to walk to and from classes using the walkways
  • Students are not to throw objects in the classroom, off the balconies or at other students at any time
  • Trash and recyclables should be placed in the proper receptacles
  • Inappropriate displays of affection, such as hand holding, hugging, and kissing are not acceptable
  • Entering a computer system without permission (hacking) is not permitted
  • Entering pornography or any other inappropriate websites will result in removal from all computer use at school and possible suspension
  • Betting, gambling, and selling of unauthorized goods are not permitted
  • Hats may be worn for sun protection, with the brim facing forward and removed inside buildings
  • Beanies and gloves may not be worn after 3rd period.
  • Sweatshirt hoods must be worn down
  • Water bottle use on campus is at the discretion of teachers and administration


These are not to be ridden/used on campus at any time.  Students must walk bikes/skateboards etc. on and off campus, including the driveway, front of school, and parking lot.

Bicycles and skateboards must be locked up in the school racks.  No skateboards will be allowed on campus or to be stored in classrooms. During the school day, the bicycle rack is off limits.  State law mandates that everyone under 18 years of age must wear a helmet when riding a bicycle or riding a skateboard.  The school is not responsible for the replacement of personal or school property that is stolen or damaged.

Use of Telephones

Chavez’s office telephone is available to students for emergency outgoing calls only. 


Use of Cell Phones

Students with cell phones must keep them turned OFF (not silent) and out of sight during classroom and passing times. Cell phones may not be used to video tape or take pictures while on campus. Violators will have their phones confiscated and held for parent pick up. We are not responsible if they are lost or stolen after they are confiscated.


General and Classroom Discipline

Each teacher will have a written discipline plan for their class that describes any rules and student responsibilities that are in addition to the school-wide rules and responsibilities. Classroom discipline plans will be approved by the school administration and shared with the students and parents to ensure support and avoid miscommunications.


Please review the District Discipline Handbook with your student.


Zero Tolerance

The Board of Education supports a zero tolerance approach to serious offenses. This approach makes the removal of potentially dangerous students from the classroom a top priority.  It ensures fair and equal treatment of all students and requires that all offenders be punished to the fullest extent allowed by law. Staff shall immediately report to the Superintendent or designee any incidence of offenses specified in law, board policy, and administrative regulation as cause for suspension or expulsion (Policy #5144.1).

Certain actions violate not only the student responsibilities and rules of Chavez Middle School, but also the policies of the Board of Education and state law.  These acts may result in suspension and a recommendation for expulsion on the first offense.  Board of Education policy states that a student may be suspended or expelled if the principal determines that the pupil has intentionally engaged in harassment, threats, or intimidation directed against a pupil or group of pupils, or if the student’s presence causes a danger to other people or disrupts the instructional process.


Harassment/Bullying/Name Calling/Intimidation

Bullying is considered to be any action (verbal or physical) which causes or intends to cause harm or cause fear in another person over a period of time. Bullying has many forms such as rumors, notes, exclusion, bumping or other physical actions. These actions will be considered harassment/bullying and will be disciplined as such.


Digital Citizenship

Here at Chavez Middle School we believe our 21st century learners must utilize technology appropriately, as it relates to college and career readiness. All students must maintain proper digital citizenship when utilizing academic technology. Appropriate digital citizenship is necessary both academically and socially as students grow into productive citizens. Students who fail to maintain appropriate behavior while using technology will have consequences in accordance to school policy.


Level 1: Warnings & Classroom Level Intervention

  • Warnings are given by the teacher as a means of redirecting inappropriate student behavior.
  • Other classroom discipline or intervention may also apply


Level 2: Classroom Intervention with Documentation and Mandatory Parent Contact

  • Intervention such as suspended use of the computer for a short period of time
  • Any other classroom discipline or intervention may also apply
  • Intervention or discipline must be documented
  • Parent contact must be made


Level 3: Referral with Documentation

  • Teacher sends student to office with completed referral
  • Parent phone call by teacher and discipline officially documented
  • Administration will assign appropriate consequences
  • MAJOR infractions may require further discipline in accordance to school policy – up to and including restitution for any damaged property  


What Is “Cyberbullying?”

The term “cyberbullying” refers to the use of the Internet or other digital communication devices to bully peers or to intentionally be cruel to others.  Such Internet speech can be vulgar, cruel, threatening, harassing and/or critical of the school, teachers, school administrators or fellow students.


Every student has the right to learn without being offended because of his or her gender, religious or ethnic background.


District policy prohibits these forms of harassment (OUSD Board Policy 5145.7). Students who violate this policy have violated the zero tolerance policy and are subject to disciplinary action which may include suspension and/or possibly expulsion.


Non-School Items and Food

Non-school related items may not be brought on campus without prior written permission from school officials. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Laser pointers, air guns, BB guns,  toy guns, smoke bombs, “poppers” (grounds for expulsion)
  • Any aerosol spray- (i.e. Axe)
  • Gum
  • Explosives (such as poppers, stink bombs, m-80’s, firecrackers and any other item that has the potential to explode)
  • Water balloons
  • Glitter
  • Spiked apparel including earrings
  • Belts that hang, buckles with initials
  • Chains, chain wallets
  • Bandanas, doo rags, hoods
  • Permanent marking pens, sharpies
  • Energy drinks such as Red Bull, Monster, Starbucks, etc.
  • Sports balls- footballs, etc.
  • Eggs and flour
  • Cakes and cupcakes – Unless requested by the teacher and then they must be delivered directly to the classroom and remain there.
  • Balloons
  • Speakers


These items will be confiscated by school staff and may be reclaimed by the student’s parent or guardian. Bringing non-school items is defiance of school rules. Continued defiance of this rule may result in suspension and possible expulsion from school.


Theft of non-school items is not the responsibility of the school, nor will the staff assist with mediations or investigations of the theft of non-school items.



Administrative/Office Referral

A student who is referred to the school administration is subject to consequences based upon the severity and frequency of the misbehavior and upon the discipline procedures adopted by the Board of Education. Additional referrals result in more serious consequences as the student moves through the range of actions available to the school. The following are typical consequences used at Chavez:

Minor Offenses:  Classroom Managed                               

When students do not follow the outlined schoolwide discipline plan they will receive consequences based on the philosophy of progressive discipline.  Progressive discipline uses a consistent approach that starts with a minor consequence for first offenses to a more severe consequence for repeat offenses.


Minor behavioral issues will be handled by the teacher. They will use their discretion when they believe the classroom behavior requires a referral. 

  • Language
  • Lateness
  • Calling Out
  • Put Down
  • Throwing objects
  • Refusing to work
  • Minor dishonesty
  • Tone/Attitude
  • Inappropriate comments
  • Electronic devices
  • Food or drink
  • PDA
  • Running in hall
  • Not coming to class prepared
  • Missing homework
  • Defiance/disrespect/insubordination


Minor offenses are handled by the classroom teacher.

  • Minor offenses are dealt with quickly and efficiently.
  • Minor offenses are documented.
  • Multiple minor offenses for the same behavior can lead to a referral
  • Minor offenses should be followed up with parent contact
  • Behavior Tracking Form
  • Utilization of Multitier Classroom Interventions

Consistently repeating minor offenses may be escalated to a major offense.


Classroom/Teacher Consequences: Teachers will enforce their classroom discipline plan.


Conflict Mediation: Staff members have the option of referring students who are having a conflict to a Counselor or PLUS Student Forum. Facilitators mediate between the parties and an understanding is reached amongst the participants. If the mediation is successful, there are no additional consequences assigned.


Administrative Conference: A conference between the student(s) and a school counselor, administrator, or designee may be held.


Parent Conference: A conference between parents, teachers, student, counselor and administrator or designee may be held.


Behavior Contracts:  Staff members may work with a student to develop a contract that describes appropriate behavior and the consequences of inappropriate behavior.  The student, the parents or guardian, and the school administration then sign the contract.


Campus Beautification:  Students may be asked to pick up trash and/or generally help clean up the campus.


Detention: Students may be detained during lunchtime or after school. Students in lunch detention will have the opportunity to eat their lunch. Students assigned to after school detention will have a written notice to take home 24 hours prior to the detention. It is the student’s responsibility to show the notice to a parent/guardian.



Teacher Suspension:  Teachers have the right to suspend a student from their classroom for up to 2 days. Parent conference by the teacher is required.

Major Offenses:  Office/Administrator Managed           

Some behaviors and incidents require more immediate solutions and/or the attention of an administrator. Referral forms must be completed and submitted to the administrator. The student will be sent to the office. The administrator will speak with the student and contact the parent if needed, and determine an appropriate consequence. When a student returns to class they will be welcomed. A variety of factors are taken into account while processing a major report, therefore, the consequences that arise will vary from student to student.

Major offenses will be handled by an administrator.  Each child is an individual whose needs will be considered when determining the consequence. 

  • Weapons
  • Fighting or aggressive physical contact
  • Chronic minor infractions
  • Aggressive language
  • Threats
  • Harassment of student/teacher
  • Truancy
  • Smoking
  • Vandalism (significant)
  • Alcohol
  • Controlled substances / Drugs
  • Gambling
  • Theft
  • Lewd notes
  • Repeated backtalk
  • Dress code
  • 3 minors for same offense, from same teacher


Administrator determines consequences

Possible administrator consequences:

  • Lunch Detention
  • Friday After School Detention
  • ATS (alternative to suspension)
  • Suspension (in or out of school)
  • Loss of privilege
  • Restorative Practice
  • Administrative Parent Conference

In School Suspension:  An administrator or designee may assign a student In School Suspension, where the student will stay in Student Services and complete classwork during the day.


Alternative to Suspension: An administrator or designee may send students to ATS for 2-5 days. Students will participate in group decision making and complete school assignments.  If the student does not complete the days assigned, the disciplinary action will be coded as an at home suspension.


Home Suspension:  An administrator or designee may suspend students from school for up to 5 days. While on home suspension, the student may not come on campus, be at a bus stop, or attend any school functions. A suspension is considered an unexcused absence therefore, teachers are not required to provide schoolwork for a student on suspension. A copy of the Suspension is entered into the student’s permanent record. If a student accumulates 15 days of suspension, he or she may be considered for expulsion.


Expulsion: A student who is expelled may not attend any school in the Oceanside Unified School District. The term of an expulsion can range from one semester up to a full year.  Parents or guardians must disclose that a student has been expelled prior to enrolling that student in any other school district.


Severe Discipline Infractions and Expulsions

Certain actions violate not only the student responsibilities and rules of Chavez Middle School, but also the policies of the Board of Education and state law. These acts may result in suspension and a recommendation for expulsion.  Board of Education policy states that a student may be suspended or expelled for any of the reasons listed below upon the first offense if the principal determines that the pupil violated items 1 through 5. If the student’s presence causes a danger to other people or is an ongoing disruption to the instructional process, expulsion will be recommended.


The following actions and consequences come directly from the adopted procedures of Oceanside Unified School District.  Expulsion is mandatory for the following offenses:



Mandatory Expulsion {E.C. 48915(C )}

1. Possession, selling, or otherwise furnishing a     firearm

2.  Brandishing a knife

3.  Unlawfully selling a controlled substance

4. Committing or attempting to commit sexual assault or battery

5.  Possession of an explosive


1.  Causes, attempts to cause, or threatens to cause physical injury to another person (this includes persistent stares or hard looks and provoking fights).


Recommendation for expulsion is possible for:

Assault (verbal threat), battery on a school official or other adult, hazing/intimidation.

Recommendation for expulsion is mandatory for: Battery on a school official or other adult, causing serious physical injury.


2. Possesses, sells, or otherwise furnishes any firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object (unless the student has prior written permission to possess the item as authorized by a certificated school employee and a school administrator). This includes replicas of firearms or look-alikes of weapons.


Recommendation for expulsion is possible for:

Use or possession of explosives (including firecrackers)

Recommendation for expulsion is mandatory for:

Possession of a potential weapon, possession of a deadly weapon, assault with a deadly weapon.


3. Unlawfully possesses, uses, sells, or otherwise furnishes, or is under the influence of any controlled substance such as an alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind (this includes glue, dust-off, or any other substance that can be used as an inhalant).

Recommendation for expulsion is possible for:

Use or possession of alcohol or other intoxicant.

Recommendation for expulsion is mandatory for:

Use or possession of controlled substances.


4.  Unlawfully offers, arranges, or negotiates to sell any controlled substance (such as an alcoholic beverage or an intoxicant of any kind), and then sells, delivers, or otherwise furnishes to anyone something that they represent as a controlled substance.

Recommendation for expulsion is mandatory for:

Selling or offer to sell and/or convey/deliver/furnish any controlled substance, alcohol, or its look-alike.


5. Commits, or attempts to commit, robbery or extortion. Recommendation for expulsion is mandatory for:  extortion, robbery


6.  Causes, or attempts to cause, damage to school property or private property. Recommendation for expulsion is possible for: Vandalism/graffiti


7.  Steals, or attempts to steal, school property or private property. Recommendation for expulsion is possible for: Theft, attempted theft, illegal use of keys, or unlawful entry


8. Possesses or uses tobacco, or any product containing tobacco or nicotine products, including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, miniature cigars, clove cigarettes, e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew packets, and betel.

Recommendation for expulsion is possible for:

Smoking or possession of cigarettes, chewing tobacco, or any nicotine product while on campus or at any school sponsored activity


9.  Commits an obscene act or engages in habitual profanity or vulgarity. Recommendation for expulsion is possible for:  Obscene act, habitual profanity, or vulgarity


10.  Has unlawful possession of, or unlawfully offers, arranges, or negotiates to sell any drug paraphernalia.

Recommendation for expulsion is possible for: possession of drug paraphernalia


11. Disrupts school activities or willfully defies supervisors, teachers, administrators, school officials, or other school personnel. Recommendation for expulsion is possible for: Unlawful assembly, verbal abuse of a faculty member or school official, defiance of authority, willful disobedience of school rules and/or disruption of school activities, gambling, gang symbols and apparel, leaving campus without permission, disruption of school activities at another school site.  Recommendation for expulsion is mandatory for:  Inciting/participating in a riot


12.  Knowingly receives stolen school property or private property. Recommendation for expulsion is possible for: receipt of stolen property

13. Recommendation for expulsion is possible for:

Sexual harassment provided that the conduct is considered by a reasonable person of the same gender as the victim to be sufficiently severe or pervasive to have a negative impact upon the victim.



Student Dress Code

All students will be required to adhere to the Student Dress Code.


Students will:

  • Dress for Success!
  • Be neat and clean       
  • Wear tops with straps at least two inches wide
  • Wear shorts and skirts that reach mid-thigh
  • Cover all midriff and cleavage
  • Wear clothing and possess items that are free of profanity, racial slurs, obscene pictures, gang related symbols/words, violence, and drugs and alcohol
  • Wear clothing that covers all undergarments
  • Wear hats facing forward, and remove them when inside


Unacceptable student dress includes:

  • Strapless or spaghetti strapped dresses or tops with straps less than 2 inches
  • Pajamas, slippers, sandals, heels or backless shoes
  • Hoods that are worn up
  • Beanies or gloves after 3rd period
  • Any items that support or promote racism
  • Clothing/items that are gang related, depict alcohol or cigarettes (look-a-likes), drugs, nudity, violence, or obscenity
  • Wearing clothing and possessing items that exhibit profanity, racial slurs, obscene pictures, gang related symbols/words, and violence
  • Bandanas
  • Belts or chains that hang
  • Halter, bandos, racer back, or backless tops
  • Any items that pose a safety concern or disrupts the instructional process
  • Spiked apparel
  • Spiked earrings
  • Pierced body parts, including eyebrows, noses, navels, and/or lips will not be permitted.

Dress Code Violations

Students who come to school dressed inappropriately may be sent home to correct the problem, or be asked to change into different clothes (PE clothes)

Continued defiance of the dress code rules, may result in suspension and possible expulsion from school.





School Dances

Students must have no U’s in citizenship in a grading period. Students considered non-par may not attend dances. Students with overdue library books will not be allowed to participate until books/fines are cleared.


For the safety of your child, he/she must be picked up no later than 15 minutes after the dance ends.  Students who get picked up after this time may not be allowed to attend future dances. 


Field Trips

For the safety of your child, he/she must be picked up no later than 15 minutes after the field trip ends.  Students who remain on campus after this time may not be allowed to attend future trips.  There is a charge associated with field trips that varies depending on each destination.

Eighth Grade End of Year Activities

In order to participate in the end of the year, eighth grade activities, students may not receive:

  1. Three or more out of school suspension days
  2. Three referrals to the office by any classroom teacher
  3. Three or more Friday Detentions.
  4. A ‘U’ in citizenship on the 12 week progress report prior to promotion.
  5. Grade Point Average below 2.0 for 12 week progress report. (For Promotion Ceremony)
  6. Overdue library books or fines


Perfect Attendance Awards

Students who attend all day every day with no tardies are eligible for perfect attendance awards.

Please note:  Excused absences and tardies do not qualify a student for perfect attendance.





School-wide Responsibilities

The goal of discipline at Chavez Middle School is to teach students to make responsible choices and to learn from the outcomes of their decisions. This is accomplished by establishing a clear set of behavior standards that are developed and understood by the entire school community. The following student, staff, and parent responsibilities are based on the belief that each student has the right to learn and each teacher has the right to teach.


Student Responsibilities

  • Show courtesy and respect for everyone
  • Respect personal and school property
  • Behave in a manner that does not disrupt or interfere with the rights of others to learn
  • Come to school each day on time and prepared to work
  • Understand and follow all school and classroom  rules and procedures
  • Ask for help when needed.  Take advantage of tutoring opportunities when offered.
  • Complete all assignments
  • Maintain passing grades in all classes
  • Maintain a binder and planner.


Parent/Guardian Responsibilities

  • Ensure your child is at school every day, on time and stays the entire time
  • Notify the office immediately if you have a change of phone number or address
  • Show courtesy and respect for everyone
  • Respect personal and school property
  • Guide your child to develop acceptable behavior, including self-control and account-ability for one’s own actions
  • Review the school discipline plan with family members to ensure that all are familiar with and understand the standards of conduct expected of students
  • Work with school staff members in carrying out the school’s discipline program
  • Contact the school if you become aware of students having issues with one another
  • Whenever possible, contact the classroom teacher when you have questions or concerns about classroom issues


Review of Course Materials

School districts shall provide parents with written notification of your right to review a course prospectus, which compiles the curriculum and instructional objectives.


Discipline Plan Evaluation

Chavez’s discipline plan is evaluated on a regular basis to ensure that it meets the needs of the school community. Records of the frequency, nature, and impact of disciplinary actions are reviewed each semester and program modification is based on these reviews.

Chavez Emergency Procedures

In the event that students have to be evacuated from campus, your child/children will be evacuated to Mance Buchannon Park from the east end of the Cesar Chavez Campus. If the need to evacuate away from campus arises, students will be evacuated to Nichols Elementary School. Please minimize the possibility of a traffic jam and facilitate the smooth release of children by walking to the park when possible.



School Calendar 2017-2018


August 14                   School Begins

August 24                   Back to School Night

September 4                No School- Labor Day

September 12              Early Release Day

November 10              No School- Veterans Day

November 20-24         No School- Thanksgiving

November 28              Early Release Day

December 15              First Semester Ends

Dec. 18- Jan. 5            No School- Winter Recess

January 15                 No School-MLK Day

January 30                   Early Release Day

February 19-23            No School-President’s Week

April 9- 13                   No School- Spring Recess

April 23– May 26           Testing Window

May 28                        No School- Memorial Day

June 7                         School and Second Semester Ends




Traffic Plan for Drop-Off and Pick Up



< >The area to the right when you enter is the drop off and pick up area.Pulling around to the curb area in front of the PE building is the safest and recommended area to drop off your child. Continue to pull forward as you enter the lot.  Refrain from pulling into spaces.  Backing out creates safety concerns for cars and pedestrians.Do not drop off your child in front of the office area.  This area is for staff only.Be aware of students on foot as you enter the parking lot. Frequently Asked Questions:


< >What if I need to drop something off before school in the office? There are visitor parking spaces in the staff area for people who need to go to the office.  Please do not enter the staff lot to drop off your child.


< >My child forgot their PE clothes, is late to school, etc…Park in a visitor parking space and enter the front office staff lot.


< >Where should my child wait for me when I pick them up?Students wait in the grass area in front of the PE building or by the flag pole in front of the office.




You can also drop your child off in the turn-around area at the end of Mance Buchannon Park.  Students can enter the campus through the back gate to the PE area.


Please understand that we are all working together to provide the quickest and safest way to drop off your children at school.  Please drive slowly through the lot and be patient with other drivers.